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Watch this video and see some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.
Great Scottish wildlife

See some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.

  • A golden eagle.
    A golden eagle
  • Close up shot of puffins on the Pentland Skerries
    Puffins on the Pentland Skerries
  • A close up of a red kite soaring high above Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway
    A red kite soaring high above Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway
  • Seals in Loch Flodabay, Isle of Harris
    Seals in Loch Flodabay, Isle of Harris

Whether on a mountain or hill, in a glen, forest or along the shoreline, there’s a wealth of wildlife experiences to be had in Scotland. With such an array of diverse animals, including some of the most rare and endangered species on the British Isles, Scotland promises unforgettable encounters with wildlife.

Scotland’s regions vary greatly and it’s this diversity that attracts many different species to make Scotland their home. Along thousands of miles of coastline, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and otters in quiet inlets, beaches and sea lochs.

Often spotted off the coast of Scotland’s many islands, orca and minke whales make an appearance in sight of the shore or if not, draw up close next to boats on wildlife cruises.  On just such a cruise, there are few natural sights more impressive than watching tens of thousands of seabirds congregating on sheer sea cliffs from below.

In dense forests, you may have to seek the helping hand of a knowledgeable, professional guide to find elusive mammals like pine martens. Birdlife is truly abundant across the rugged Scottish landscapes from wild fowl in wetland reserves to waders at the coast. In some cases, you'll have to crane your neck skywards to catch a glimpse of some of Scotland's majestic hunters; from ospreys to red kites and golden eagles to sea eagles.

With each new season brings a new incomparable sight, from red deer stags locking antlers in the annual autumnal rut or the arrival of pink-footed geese in the winter, migrating from the colder tundra landscapes of Greenland and Iceland.

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  1. Noup Cliffs Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Noup Cliffs Nature Reserve.

  2. Old Castle Lachlan


    Walking Tour



    Welcome to Old Castle Lachlan

  3. RSPB Scotland Loch of Kinnordy nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    This shallow loch is situated in a natural basin surrounded by farmland and attracts all types of wildlife.

  4. Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    See Birds of Prey up close in magnificent surroundings. Learn about our rehabilitation work with the Scottish SPCA. Gain an insight into the secret world of Owls, and wonder at the power and grace of Birds of Prey.

  5. Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Loch Fleet is a reserve on a stunning coastal location where a river flows through a tidal basin.

  6. See Orkney Tours


    Tour Guides



    Welcome to See Orkney Tours. We are a family run tour guiding company based in Kirkwall, Orkney. Our family originates from one of Orkneys North Isles called Westray where we were farmers.

  7. Argyll Sea Tours


    Boat Tour



    Sea and wildlife tours from Oban on board MV Creagallan. Relax and enjoy the scenery and keep an eye out for wildlife.

  8. Gradings


    Above water and underwater, get the best of both worlds! Join a Shetlander and a Biologist on a wildlife boat tour around Bressay & Noss to see seals, seabirds, scenery and spectacular underwater sea life. History, culture, geology, nature and more!

  9. Gradings


    Our fantastic Isle of Skye Day Tour explores all of the top attractions on the island, plus Loch Ness & Eilean Donan Castle too!

  10. Gradings


    The Highlands and Islands Fastest RIBS ...eXperience the Thrill !


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